Q & A

HUD Extends NSPIRE Physical Inspection Pilot to 2023

October 14, 2021    

On Sept. 28, HUD published a Federal Register notice announcing the extension of the National Standards for the Physical Inspection of Real Estate and Associated Protocols (NSPIRE) to April 30, 2023. The NSPIRE demonstration is a part of HUD's efforts to test the overhaul of 20-year-old...

August Treasury Data Show Increasing ERA Fund Distribution

October 14, 2021    

The U.S. Department of the Treasury released updated Emergency Rental Assistance (ERA) spending data through Aug. 31. The data shows that state and local ERA programs have distributed more than 1.4 million payments to households, totaling more than $7.7 billion to support the housing stability...

Including All Applicant Screening Criteria in Tenant Selection Plans

September 15, 2021    

Q We share our rental criteria with applicants but haven't disclosed what the minimum credit score required is. Are we supposed to share this minimum credit score?

A Yes. If...

White House Releases Fact Sheet on Increasing Affordable Housing

September 15, 2021    

On Sept. 1, the White House released a fact sheet on the Biden administration’s efforts to increase the affordable housing supply. The plan is to create 100,000 additional affordable homes for homeowners and renters over the next three years, with an emphasis on the lower and middle...

HUD Announces Disaster Assistance, Regulatory Waivers for Ida Survivors

September 15, 2021    

HUD announced the implementation of federal disaster assistance for areas of Louisiana affected by Hurricane Ida. The president’s declaration of these places as disaster areas allows HUD to aid impacted families living in identified parishes. As part of the assistance, HUD has issued a...

Office of Multifamily Housing Fails to Ensure Timely Resolution of Health & Safety Complaints

August 12, 2021    

In July 2019, an explosion occurred at the Calloway Cove Apartments, a Section 8-assisted site in Jacksonville, Fla. The explosion resulted in a fire that injured several people. HUD’s Real Estate Assessment Center had identified life-threatening health and safety deficiencies at the...

HUD Releases FY 2022 Fair Market Rents

August 12, 2021    

HUD has published the fiscal year 2022 Fair Market Rents (FMRs). The FMRs are effective Oct. 1. FMRs are used to determine payment standards for HUD’s various housing programs. In general, the FMR for an area is the amount that a tenant would need to pay the gross rent (shelter rent plus...

Emergency Broadband Benefit Enrollment Exceeds 4M Households

August 12, 2021    

FCC Acting Chairwoman Jessica Rosenworcel recently announced that over four million households have enrolled in the Emergency Broadband Benefit Program, the nation’s largest broadband affordability program to date. The $3.2 billion subsidy program initiated by Congress provides a temporary...

GAO Urges More Comprehensive REAC Changes

July 15, 2021    

Recommendations include processes to address lead paint hazards.

 

On July 6, the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) updated its April 2020 list of priority recommendations for HUD. The earlier list outlined 17 “priority open” recommendations—those...

GAO Reports on Adopting Stricter Lead Testing in Voucher Program

June 10, 2021    

The U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) recently issued a report on a review the office made on HUD’s efforts to address lead paint hazards. HUD has primary responsibility for identifying lead paint hazards in housing receiving HUD assistance, including private rental units in the...

HUD Secretary Testifies on Importance of the American Jobs Plan

June 10, 2021    

HUD Secretary Marcia Fudge and Department of Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg recently testified in a joint hearing on the American Jobs Plan for the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs. The infrastructure plan seeks to expand affordable housing, and the joint hearing...

HUD and HHS to Expand Access to COVID-19 Vaccinations

May 11, 2021    

HUD Secretary Marcia Fudge and U.S. Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Xavier Becerra recently announced a joint-agency effort to increase access to COVID-19 prevention and treatment services, including testing and vaccines, among disproportionately affected communities, including among...